At Sword'S Point, Part 1: A Documentary History Of The Utah War To 1858 (Kingdom In The West: The Mormons And The American Frontier Series)
- Publish Date: 2008-04-15
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: William P. MacKinnon
The Utah War of 185758, the unprecedented armed confrontation between Mormon Utah Territory and the U.S. government, was the most extensive American military action between the Mexican and Civil wars. At Swords Point presents in two volumes the first in-depth narrative and documentary history of that extraordinary conflict.
William P. MacKinnon offers a lively narrative linking firsthand accountsmost previously unknownfrom soldiers and civilians on both sides. This first volume traces the wars causes and preliminary events, including President Buchanans decision to replace Brigham Young as governor of Utah and restore federal authority through a large army expedition. Also examined are Youngs defensive-aggressive reactions, the onset of armed hostilities, and Thomas L. Kanes departure at the end of 1857 for his now-famous mediating mission to Utah.
MacKinnon provides a balanced, comprehensive account, based on a half century of research and a wealth of carefully selected new material. Womens voices from both sides enrich this colorful story. At Swords Point presents the Utah War as a sprawling confrontation with regional and international as well as territorial impact. As a nonpartisan definitive work, it eclipses previous studies of this remarkably bloody turning point in western, military, and Mormon history.